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Channel 1

2.1 Incident command communications.

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Channel 2

2.2 The command channel at incidents, which should only be initiated when channel 1 is likely to be over used. This channel is only to be used on the instructions of the incident commander, and requires the attendance of a Command Unit (CU)

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Channel 3

2.3 May be used for firefighter communications within crews during specific incident ground tasks.

This channel is only to be used on the direction of the Incident / Sector / Operations Commander.

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Channel 5

2.4 To be used for communications (including BA) at all sub-surface London Underground (LUL) railway premises, where leaky feeder and base station equipment is installed, or other premises where channel 5 leaky feeder is installed or deployed.

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Channel 6

2.5 All BA communications except as above (channel 5), and may also be considered for use as an additional channel for crews when BA is not in use.

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Channel 4

8.1 Hand-held radio channel 4 is not to be used unless directed by the duty radio officer.

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Channel 7/8

8.2 Channel 7 and 8 are legacy inter-operability channels – Channel 8 Police Inter Agency for
communications in specific buildings where leaky feeder or appropriate base station equipment is installed.

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Channel 10

8.3 Channel 10 is available as a dedicated radio channel for the command support officers. The
mapping officer will use channel 10 to communicate with the command planning system booking-in officer on the CU. The channel may also be used by command support staff to communicate between CUs or for general command support duties.

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Channel 11

8.4 Channel 11 is used for monitoring hand held radio traffic from BAA fire crews at Heathrow Airport.

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10.3 Subject to other operational considerations, the CU should ideally be:

• In a position where the radio signal is strongest.

• Sited as near to the incident, as practicable.

• Where possible positioned clear of large steel structures and steel framed buildings.

• More than 10 metres away from other emergency command vehicles.

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11.2 The incident commander must make sure that the use of fireground radios at hospitals or similar establishments is considered only in:

• Exceptional circumstances.
• Where the circumstances are unavoidable.

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Premises fitted with a base station operating on fire ground channel 5

• All sub-surface (LUL) stations and running tunnels.

• Running tunnels on the East London Line.

• Crossrail stations and running tunnels

• Channel tunnel rail link

• All stations on the Heathrow Express, and all running tunnels.

• Sub surface DLR stations and running tunnels

List not exhaustive..... read appendix for rest.....

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• Considerations when using communications

o CU to monitor hand held and airwave channels o H/held radios & phones turned off on CU

o Base station & Repeater are same function (CH 2, 5, 8) –cause interference when too close( less than 10 metres).

o Radios can interfere with medical devices

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• Fireground call signs

o WM – Station,Appliance followed by 1
o Driver – Station,Appliance followed by 2
o BA – Station,Appliance followed by 3/4